"Why's your forehead all red?"So you're the Only Sane Man, and the lunatics around you are once again doing something to make you question your faith in humanity. *sighs* It may not solve anything, but your hand to the forehead will have the dual benefit of temporarily obscuring your vision of the idiocy as well as cradling the on-coming headache. Variations occur, from pinching the bridge of one's nose to slapping one's forehead. One may also slap the forehead, sliding the palm of the hand down the face, possibly with a look of exasperation. If they're wearing a hat, expect them to pull the brim of the hat over their eyes in disgust. If they're wearing a cloak or a hoodie, then they're pulling the cowl before their face. Sometimes there is a distinction between the forehead facepalm (for irritating moments) and the full-face version (humiliation). There's also the Double Face Palm◊ with Picard and Riker simultaneously doing the act.: "When the Fail is so strong, one Face Palm is not enough." The alternative Double Face Palm is grasping one's head with both palms, as Picard did in "The Offspring". Some people even have gone meta, inserting "*picture of French Enterprise captain*" in their forum posts. Needless to say, it's also prevalent in Real Life. And it's universal; a wide range of cultures, and even animals capable of reaching their faces with their arms/forelegs, seem to have some variety of this. A variation is "headdesk", in which the character is sitting behind a desk or table and slams his forehead down onto it. In particularly extreme cases, these actions can also be combined to perform a *facepalmheaddesk* maneuver. See: Surrounded by Idiots, Only Sane Man, and The Take. Also look at Aside Glance. May be combined with I Need a Freaking Drink. Closely related to Headdesk and Face Fault, and may be accompanied by the line "That's the Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard!" Not directly related to Face Palm of Doom, in which you attack by placing your palm on someone else's face. Also closely related to Disapproving Look, which is also known as the "Implied Facepalm". Applying a Dope Slap is often a form of ready relief for the headaches that cause a Face Palm.
— Katara, Avatar The Last Airbender
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